Residents to move HC against MCG for wrong tax assessment
The residents of posh Sector 14 on the MG Road have decided to move court against the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for making wrong assessment of house tax and sending notices for non- payment of inflated amount. Leena Dhankar reports.gurgaon Updated: Feb 29, 2012 00:40 IST
The residents of posh Sector 14 on the MG Road have decided to move court against the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for making wrong assessment of house tax and sending notices for non- payment of inflated amount.
According to the residents, more than 50% of the house tax notices are based on wrong assessment.
The Sector 14 Residents Welfare Association (RWA) said the tax amount mentioned in the notices varies indiscriminately and nowhere matches the actual construction done in various houses. The RWA will file a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High court on Monday.
Nearly 60,000 residents from all over Gurgaon had also alleged anomalies in the house tax notices. In 2010, the MCG, with the help of a private agency, had conducted a Geographical Information System (GIS)-based survey, a satellite based assessment, for calculating house tax of the properties. But the house owners said that most of the calculations were factually incorrect.
“MCG has committed a mistake in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) assessment and the property tax has been calculated on the basis of inaccurately measured floor area ratio (FAR). If the authorities continue with the same attitude, we will move court,” said KS Yadav, president of Sector 14 RWA.
Citing some examples of wrong calculation, Yadav said the tax amount for a 250 sq yard plot has been calculated with reference to a 263 sq yard plot, while a 350 sq yard plot has been assessed as a 358 sq yard plot.
According to MCG officials, a special cell has been constituted to resolve the problems of tax assessment. Meanwhile, residents can apply for a correction and submit the actual tax amount. If an applicant deposits the tax within 15 days of correction, the rebate on total amount will be given to him. But, the residents said they want corrections in assessment on paper.
“We are fed up with the dilly-dallying attitude of MCG officials. We will not submit the property tax until the correction is done,” said general secretary of the RWA Dinesh Agrawal.
MCG's former joint commissioner YS Gupta, who had been dealing with the issue, has been transferred recently.
A senior MCG official said, "Adhering to all terms and conditions, the door-to-door survey was conducted in 2010 to assess the property tax. Though, we have been receiving objections from residents and the number of complaints has gone up to 50,000 till date, but we will rectify the mistake as early as possible. The process will take some time.”